Over the last eight months, my surprise everyday has been to find that both the historical fiction/historical romances and the historical fantasies from my pen have achieved Amazon Bestsellers Rank: (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store) in the Amazon.co.uk store.
This has been consistent. A daily ranking popping up and down the scale between 1 and 100.
With the hist.ficts, The Gisborne Saga, it is over two categories –
> Biographical Fiction and Fiction and > Historical Romance > Medieval.
For someone who is an independently published author to crack the Top 100 amongst luminous titles like Anya Seton’s Katherine or Virginia Woolf’s Orlando, E.M Forster’s A Passage to India or Sharon Penman’s Lionheart to name just four, it’s a breathtaking and illustrious moment in time.
And then there are the historical fantasies. The same thing applies. A daily ranking jumping up and down the scale between 1 and 100. Repeatedly. Over 8 solid months! They sit neatly in:
> Fantasy > Myths & Legends > Celtic, English & Welsh
and in the case of The Shifu Cloth – > Fantasy > Myths & Legends > Asian.
On Amazon.com, it’s a slightly different story. I would have thought that being a market saturated with fantasy of all kinds, that The Chronicles or Eirie would be struggling. But no! In Mythology & Folk Tales > Folklore, they are doing the same ‘popping’ thing. Except for The Shifu Cloth which once again ducks into:
Kindle eBooks > Science Fiction & Fantasy > Fantasy > Myths & Legends > Asian
However, medieval historical romance/biographical fiction are hard nuts to crack in the USA. Time will tell.
But all of the above are just the spurs a writer needs. Whilst writing is a joy, even a compunction – all those clichés that every author-interview spills forth – to have a recognised rank means that somehow, one is doing the right thing by the reader.
But more than that, I have to say an enormous Top Ranked THANKYOU to the readers!!!!
However, time passes and I have the final book of The Gisborne Saga to finish. Enough revelling in rankings…
Onward and upward…